I just visited the Brimfield Antique Show weekend for the first time ever, and it was so obvious that I arrived unprepared the moment I stepped out of the car. Here’s some info for the uninitiated: Brimfield is a small town in Massachusetts for 350 days of the year except for 15 glorious days when the town is home to a massive outdoor antiques festival that occurs three times per year (in May, July, and September). During the antique show, the town’s Main Street is wall-to-wall people and stuff. So. Much. Stuff.

The serious collectors arrive with clipboards, notes, and pull carts in tow so please keep in mind that some folks are there to do business. Brimfield Antique Show weekends are a great opportunity for photographers as well as serious antique collectors though. Bring a wide angle lens and a prime lens (I used my 35mm) and you’ll be good to go.

Quick Tips for Visiting

  • Measure the inside of your car so know what can and will fit.
  • Bring a cart, dolly, or some way to get your bigger purchases to your car.
  • Pack a tote bag or leave room in your pack for smaller purchases that you don’t want to carry by hand.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty. Some of the selling areas are literally in fields.
  • Cash is king. You’ll have an easier time negotiating if you can offer cash versus using a credit card.

You can see my full photo set online at Photos.Frembes.com.